Anglo-Saxon hoard unearthed
In Sharing the Inheritance , the book we're readying for publication, we wrote, "hill forts and fields still guard chariot fittings, shields, swords, jewels and gold necklaces". Now another field has given up its secrets.
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Mr Herbert, 55, from Burntwood in Staffordshire, has discovered the biggest cache of 7th century Anglo-Saxon gold silver artefacts ever discovered.
Terry Herbert was working with a battered 14-year-old metal detector in a farmer's field in Staffordshire in what was once the Kingdom of Mercia. He found 1500 "jewel-encrusted gold and silver treasures", including sword hilts and Christian Crosses.
Thrilling. Makes us want to buy a metal detector. You think there might be a run on 'em?
This is the very century when Aidan and Oswald lived. We hope we learn something about the original creators and owners. . .